Cricket and many things that come with it are beyond the comprehension of this ordinary spectator. And they have no idea what is going on behind cricket. Politics lining up in every field. The sports sector and cricket are also not far behind. So now the politics of cricket has become an issue. Sometimes things are right and sometimes things are wrong.
Vinod Rai, a former BCCI official, has revealed many things through his book. He recounts his experiences with cricket in his book “Not Just a Nightwatchman”. He has also written about relations between Virat and Anil Kumble.
Now, Vinod Rai, former chairman of Cricket of Administrators (COA) in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has made a big disclosure about women’s cricket in India. Talking to a magazine, he said that earlier the condition of women’s cricket was very pathetic. At one point, he had to call cricket kit maker Nike and order a separate jersey for women cricketers.
Vinod Rai recently came into the limelight for his book ‘Not Just a Nightwatchman’. Now in a conversation with the magazine, Vinod talks about the status of women’s cricket in India.
I don’t think women’s cricket gets as much attention as they should. They were not even taken seriously until 2006. After this Sharad Pawar brought men’s and women’s cricket under one association. I was surprised to hear that men’s jerseys were re-sewn and given to women to wear.
After this, I called Nike and said that this is not right. Their design should be different. I think girls deserve better in everything in cricket. Whether it is training or coaching facility, cricketing gear or travel facility, women should get good facilities in all. All these things were lacking at that time and we tried to rectify it.
Vinod Rai said that
Women’s cricket got attention in 2017 when the team reached the final of the ICC World Cup. He said- If we do not support women’s cricket, then how will the team win the trophy. If the team is unable to win in Australia and England, then the biggest reason for this is mental conditioning. All teams have mental trainers and sports psychologists.
Further, Vinod said-
“I am sad that I too did not pay as much attention to women’s cricket as they needed. My attention came to him during the 2017 World Cup when Harmanpreet Kaur scored 171 not out against Australia.”
Harman told me –
Sir, I was not able to run, so I was hitting sixes. On the same day, before the match, the Indian women’s cricket team was told in the hotel that the food they wanted was not there. In such a situation, they had to eat samosas for breakfast.
The cricket fraternity and the cricket fans are amazed when they read these words and came to know behind the scene situations in Women’s cricket.